- March 2014
- December 2013
- June 2013
- March 2013
- September 2013
- From the Editor’s Desk
- Bloom Where You Are Planted and Where You Are Transplanted
- The Change Game
- Ten Tender Weeks: The Countdown
- The Chap Who Lives in a Flat
- Conspiracy Theory
- The Closers
- He Knows
- Surprising Steps with a Friendly Wind
- If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!
- Walking the Talk
- Message in a Bottle
- January 2013
(1 Timothy 4:7b-8 NIV)
Whether you live in the Northern Hemisphere or in the Southern, this time of year brings a wonderful relief. For many of those in the north, it begins a very welcome escape from the icy winds, frigid days and nights, and snow-blocked drives and roads. For those in the south, it signals an end to the sweltering heat, exhausted gardens, and sleepless nights.
These milder days can also be a great time to take stock of our condition. From a physical point alone, once we are no longer hampered by cold or heat, we may be more inclined to leave our climate-controlled homes and go for a walk, play games with the kids, or potter around in the garden. It’s not surprising that both spring and autumn are boom times for the hardware and nursery industries.
Mentally, there is also often a surge of vitality and life with the milder seasons. No longer consumed with finding ways to stay warm or keep cool, brains kick back into gear with plans and creative ideas just bursting to find release. New projects burst into life, and old ones are retrieved from the bottom drawer.
And it isn’t all personal. Even the home gets a once over from our newly critical eye. What looked cozy and warm in winter, suddenly feels dingy and claustrophobic. And the housework we couldn’t be bothered doing when the kids were on vacation, and the mercury was exploding the top off the thermometer, beckons us back into action (or maybe it’s the line of ants making their way back and forth over the kitchen countertop and the dust bunnies communing in the corners).
Yet, in the midst of all this mild-weather renewal, it can be very easy to overlook the most important part of our lives. While dusting, polishing, exercising, planting, creating and bouncing all over the place, we may overlook our need for a spiritual tune-up as well. How are we going in the old godliness training department? Everything else is transitory at best, superficial at worst.
So whether you are stepping into the freshness of spring, with all its promise of new life, or embracing the amber days of autumn, in all its gentle glory, take time to renew yourself—body, soul, and most important of all, spirit.
And to help things along, we have a great mix of articles to get you going. There is something for everyone to enjoy.
To get things started, we have a powerful and moving Easter story set at the time of the crucifixion. Don’t miss Allen Povenmire’s Drawn to a Drip. Still focusing on this very important time of year, we have a poem by Lynn Gipson, Life Changes, Christ Remains. Thank God for the eternal constancy of our amazing God.
If you’re looking for some great short stories, look no further. For a little touch of romance, make sure you read Glynis Buhler’s delightful Daisy Chain. It made me smile. Then click over to Sara Harricharan’s very special story, The Beauty Appointment.
Still with fiction, we have two very moving stories that will touch your heart. So grab the Kleenex (just in case) and turn to Beyond These Walls by Lillian Rhoades and It Started with a Noise by Genia Gilbert.
Gerald Shuler is one of my favorite FaithWriters writers, and his story Use Before is a great example of his natural storytelling talent. Carpe diem.
We welcome back one of FaithWriters favorite poets of all time, the ever popular Kenn Allan, with his glorious, uplifting poem, Nature Speaks. And we introduce the very talented Ralph Leavers, with his powerful poem, Sword of Grace. Not to be overlooked, we also have one of our most consistent Writing Challenge winners in recent years, Margaret Kearley, with her beautiful poem, Multiple Questions and One Answer, (inspired by John 20:1-8). Three very gifted writers that I know you will enjoy.
I have to admit that I always enjoy a true inspirational or Christian living story if it is told well, and our two final contributions to this month’s magazine definitely fit the bill. Both authors have a message to share, and they do it extremely well. Join Linda Gage in her article, Cadence in My Life, and then click over to the very inspiring Dannie Hawley with her reflections on a challenging childhood task and her very loving daddy in Daddy’s Way.
That’s it for the March Issue of FaithWriters Magazine. May every page inspire, encourage, and spur you on in your godliness training with Jesus Christ. Blessings to you and your loved ones.
Editor, FaithWriters Magazine